Beach Extensions

- Namibia

Beach Extensions

Beach extensions to a Namibia Safari

Whilst Namibia does have a huge coastline with the Atlantic Ocean, the coast is unsuitable for a beach holiday. The cold currents which make the waters rich in sea life, do not make for pleasant or safe swimming, and regularly create heavy and cold coastal fog. Flying along the Skeleton Coast, or visiting Swakopmund and Walvis Bay area for a few days is highly recommended as part of your holiday, and you can choose to give yourself a few extra days to relax in these destinations if you prefer. But we would not recommend treating them as potential ‘beach destinations’.

If you are just looking for a little relaxation within your Namibia itinerary, there are places where this can easily be included. Most notably there are luxury lodges in the Namib Desert where you can include extended stays in order to allow time to relax, read book and lie by a pool. Alternatively, you could begin or end your holiday with a few nights near Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe, or in Cape Town (or other places) in South Africa, either of which will offer the potential for relaxing, whilst still enjoying a new and incredible experience.

If you are looking for a traditional beach destination to combine with Namibia, then many amazing beach locations can be comfortably reached via Johannesburg in South Africa, including Mozambique, Mauritius, The Seychelles, the South Africa coast and Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Contact us to find out more information on beach extensions while on safari in Namibia. One of our safari specialists would be happy to talk you through the best options.

- South Africa

Beach Extensions

Beach extensions to a South Africa holiday

South Africa has a huge coastline and is pounded by both Atlantic and Indian Ocean waters. The west coast of the country, from the border with Namibia down to the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape, experiences the colder currents and less favourable ‘beach’ conditions of the Atlantic Ocean, whilst the majority of the south coast and the east coast benefit from the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. Cape Town and Hermanus do offer some lovely beaches, but the best swimming conditions and greater number of ‘beach resorts’ are found further north-east, and in particular around Durban and the northern KwaZulu/Natal coast.

It is especially worth noting that South Africa does not offer palm-fringed, calm waters that are associated with tropical islands and are ideal for swimming. The sandy beaches are generally very large, and as about 95% of the South Africa coastline is not protected by an off shore reef, currents can be strong and waves significant. This does of course create good surfing conditions, beautiful coastal walks and stunning seascapes. In most major areas, beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and there are often markers earmarking the safer areas to swim. Shark nets may also be provided. However, you should take extreme care elsewhere.

The best scuba diving conditions are found on the northern KwaZulu/Natal coastline, which offers some magnificent, relatively unexplored, diving conditions.

We would recommend the South Africa coast for anyone seeking relaxation, wildlife viewing (whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles etc) and a general coastal experience to compliment the rest of their South Africa holiday, but if you’re looking for traditional ‘lie in the sun’ beach holiday you should probably be considering travelling on to Mozambique or the Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and The Seychelles. Please go to the individual country pages for more information.

- Botswana

Beach Extensions

Beach extensions to a Botswana safari

Botswana is a land-locked country and does not offer any kind of obvious ‘relaxation’ options above and beyond some extremely comfortable and exclusive safari lodges. If you wish to end you safari with such a lodge, where you can enjoy sitting, reading, sleeping, eating, sunbathing and gazing as opposed to rushing about on activities, then this is easy to engineer.

Alternatively, you could end your holiday with a few nights on the Upper Zambezi near Victoria Falls in Zambia, in the Namib Desert of Namibia, or even Cape Town in South Africa, all of which will offer the potential for a more relaxing final section to your trip, whilst still enjoying a new and incredible experience.

If you are looking for a traditional beach destination to combine with Botswana, then many amazing beach locations can be comfortably reached via Johannesburg in South Africa, including Mozambique, Mauritius, The Seychelles, the South Africa coast and Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Contact us to find out more information on beach extensions while on safari in Botswana. One of our safari specialists would be happy to talk you through the best options.

- Zambia

Beach Extensions

Beach extensions to a Zambia Safari

Zambia is a land-locked country and does not offer any kind of obvious ‘beach relaxation’ options. However, there are a variety of places within Zambia where you could enjoy a more relaxing end (or beginning) to your trip. In particular, Victoria Falls and the Upper Zambezi is a destination that can always be used as a relaxing base where you can spend time resting, reading a book and undertaking some gentle sight-seeing.

Some safari regions, such as the Lower Zambezi National Park, can be deliberately included as a more relaxing section of your holiday. If you wish to end (or begin) you safari in a beautiful setting where you can enjoy sitting, reading, sleeping, eating, sunbathing and gazing as opposed to rushing about on activities, then this is easy to engineer.

Beyond Zambia’s borders, several good beach destinations exist. Closest and most logical is Lake Malawi, which is easily accessible from the Luangwa Valley. Lake Malawi is a freshwater lake, and therefore does not offer an ‘ocean experience’, but the lake has crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and an abundance of colourful cichlid fish which makes for interesting diving and snorkelling. Fishing, sailing and kayaking are all possible as well.

If you are looking for a more traditional beach destination to combine with Zambia, then many amazing beach locations can be comfortably reached via Johannesburg in South Africa, including Mozambique, Mauritius, and the Seychelles, or the Kenyan coast via Nairobi and Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Please go to the individual country pages for more information on these destinations.

- Tanzania

Beach Extensions

Beach extensions to a Tanzania Safari

Tanzania has an extensive coastline with the beautiful Indian Ocean, though much of the mainland coast is undeveloped. Tanzania’s main beach destination is the idyllic island of Zanzibar, which offers a wide variety of exclusive and mainstream beach options, as well as sight-seeing and cultural experiences in and around the capital, Stone Town.

Mainstream resort hotels offer excellent facilities, reasonable value for money and are very suitable for families seeking an active beach holiday, or couples seeking a resort hotel experience.

Quieter and more escapist beach lodges are available for anyone seeking a more relaxed, exclusive beach experience, and these vary from very expensive to extremely good value for money.

For the ultimate escape, there are several more remote islands to consider. Just off Zanzibar are the tiny and exclusive Chumbe and Mnemba islands. Pemba Island (technically the northern half of the Zanzibar archipelago) and Mafia Island (to the south) are of significant size but are far less developed than Zanzibar itself . The mainland coast does offers a few exclusive beach retreats, but is generally not developed for tourism. Please visit our ‘accommodation’ page for examples of beach properties in Tanzania.

The Tanzania coast can be easily reached from most safari regions in Tanzania. There are daily scheduled flights from Selous, Ruaha, Serengeti, Manyara and Ngorongoro to Zanzibar, and daily access to the more remote islands from either Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.

However, should the Tanzania coast not be ideal for you, or you are travelling at the wrong time of year, there are a variety of alternative destinations to consider including northern Mozambique, Mauritius and The Seychelles. Please go to the individual country pages for more information on these destinations.

- Kenya

Beach extensions

Beach extensions to a Kenya Safari

Kenya boasts a wonderful coastline with many beach options. Mainstream resort hotels offer excellent facilities, good value for money and are very suitable for families seeking an active beach holiday. Quieter and more escapist beach lodges are available for anyone seeking a more relaxed, exclusive beach experience. A wide range of beach houses are also an option, often on a private basis. Please visit our accommodation page for examples of beach properties in Kenya.

The Kenya coast can be easily reached from most safari regions in Kenya, although it is often necessary to travel via Nairobi. There are direct scheduled flights between the Masai Mara and Mombasa/south coast.

However, should the Kenya coast not be ideal for you, or you are travelling at the wrong time of year, there are a variety of alternative destinations to consider including Zanzibar (Tanzania), Mauritius and the Seychelles. With a bit of extra travelling, even northern Mozambique could be an option.

Contact us to find out more information on beach extensions while on safari in Kenya. One of our safari specialists would be happy to talk you through the best options.